I love Detroit. Like many of us who grew up in or around the city, we make our fair share of jokes about it, but one thing that I've noticed is that people are fiercely protective of our city, even at its worst.
Naturally, this article in Crain's Detroit Business is exciting to me. It details all the new projects that are being jump-started in Midtown to boost the economy and draw more young professionals into working and even living in the city.
Some of the more promising projects include:
- A Meijer store at Grand River & McNichols. Detroit has an astonishing lack of local price-friendly grocery and retail shops, and a big-name chain like Meijer will likely draw more people to living in the area if they don't have to rely on few-and-far-between corner markets for food.
- Innovation Institute at Henry Ford. This will be a collaboration between Wayne State, Henry Ford Health System and College for Creative Studies to "design, build and sell better medical products and devices by creating for-profit companies."
- A crazy amount of new housing developments. Most, like the proposed Auburn Apartments at Cass & Canfield, will cater to young professionals and students at Wayne State and CCS, with the aim at keeping rents in an affordable range with a decent amount of living space.
- Cobo Center renovations! I can't say it better than the article so I'll put it in quotes: "A 40,000-square-foot expansion is planned as part of a $221 million renovation that will bring a new look and a dramatic redesign of the entrance that faces the Detroit River. Officials expect the changes to bring more events and make the lower-level space more inviting and marketable."
- And just check out the whole section on new retail & dining ventures in Midtown. It sounds amazing!
You should read the full article here, share it with your friends, and join me and getting excited about the awesome things that are coming to Detroit!